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Storms slam South

January 11, 2008

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— Powerful thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds pushed across Alabama and Mississippi on Thursday, causing scattered property damage and at least two traffic deaths.

Several tornado watches or warnings were issued Thursday in both states, but no touchdowns were immediately confirmed.

In Mississippi, a motorist was killed after colliding with a Lamar County deputy head-on during the height of the storm, while a single-vehicle accident in Jones County claimed another life.

Authorities there said the vehicles involved in both crashes may have hydroplaned during downpours, though investigations are continuing.

In Alabama's Lamar County near the Mississippi line, at least two houses were destroyed in Sulligent, the National Weather Service said.

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